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Slim pickings for orchards

Growers try to make the best of a devastating apple season

Although a late frost in the spring has damaged a large portion of the area’s apple crops, local growers are still urging families to keep their annual tradition of visiting an apple farm this fall.

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Remembering Irene one year later - Photo Galleries

One year ago this week the Capital District face severe flooding from tropical storm Irene. Spotlight photographers documented what happened. Take a look back.

Guilderland bans hydrofracking

Few speak out against barring controversial drilling method

The Guilderland Town Board unanimously passed a ban on natural gas extraction within the town’s limits at a recent meeting in an attempt to preserve the “health, safety and welfare” of the municipality’s residents.

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Garden Club looks to children

Group dedicates garden in hopes of inspiring younger generation

The Bethlehem Garden Club is working to get younger generations more interested in local horticulture.

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Rail trail section to open thanks to volunteers

Albany County lends moral support

New Scotland and Voorheesville residents will soon be able to traverse a new section of the Albany County Rail Trail thanks to the help of local officials and members of the community.

Albany County FSA to close

Office is one of four in New York to be shuttered

By the end of August, the Albany County Farm Service Agency office in Voorheesville will be one of four in the state and 125 nationwide to be shuttered as part of a consolidation plan spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to tackle chronic budget woes. It was announced on Tuesday, May 29, that all offices scheduled for closure be empty by Aug. 31.

County FSA office to close

Albany office is one of four in New York to be shuttered

By the end of August, the Albany County Farm Service Agency office in Voorheesville will be one of four in the state and 125 nationwide to be shuttered as part of a consolidation plan spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to tackle chronic budget woes. It was announced on Tuesday, May 29, that all offices scheduled for closure be empty by Aug. 31.

Newly proposed farm regs withdrawn

Recently proposed the Department of Labor regulations limiting the roles of minors working on farms have been withdrawn as of April 26.

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State picks up tab for flood relief

Cuomo announces state to cover local shares of FEMA recovery projects

Counties throughout New York State received unexpected and costly flood damage last year, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state will be footing the bill.

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Storm relief could pick up pool house tab

Bethlehem moves to put FEMA money towards alternate use, demolish bridge

A new plan hatched by Bethlehem officials would see the demolition of a bridge over the Onesquethaw Creek so federal damage funds from Hurricane Irene could be diverted to fix the roof over the town’s pool.

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BC kicks off Farm Fest

The Bethlehem School District’s Farm to You Fest kicked off this week, as the district’s Healthy Kids Committee for the third year running launched into a full week of agricultural awareness and food drives.

FEMA to close Voorheesville office

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today that its Disaster Recovery Center in Voorheesville would close on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Authors to visit Indian Ladder Farms

New book examines Thacher Park and surrounding area

Indian Ladder Farms will be hosting the authors for the new book "John Boyd Thacher State Park and the Indian Ladder Region."

Albany County disaster recovery center opens

Residents will be able to visit the Voorheesville center for information on disaster assistance programs.

County: Private wells could be contaminated

The Schenectady County Environmental Health Unit has issued guidelines for well disinfection due to flooding.